Prophecy – Part 98 – Fate of Believers – A Remnant of 144,000 From Israel, Part 2
Our last study began our examination of the 144,000 from Israel, the remnant who became “evangelists” for Christ. These 144,000 [12,000 from every tribe] makes it plain that people will be saved during the Tribulation Age. Today we will finish our exploration of the 144,000 and then move from Revelation 7:1-8 to Revelation 7:9-17 [provided we have the necessary air time].
As we saw last time, it should not seem strange to us that God will judge the unbelievers who choose to follow the antichrist. As we also saw, God does not judge believers [allow his wrath to fall on believers]. He condemns and judges all unbelievers.
(1) All the judgments of the great tribulation are to be upon an evil and apostate world, not upon God’s people.
(2) It should be remembered, however, that believers will be persecuted and slaughtered by the antichrist during the great tribulation (Revelation 7:14). Again, the believers at the end time will NOT suffer the judgments of God upon the apostate and evil world, BUT, they will suffer awful persecution from the hands of the antichrist and his demons.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).
“Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Psalm 62:12).
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
FACT: God gives the most wonderful promises to genuine believers. No believer will ever be judged and condemned to death and hell. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can separate a true believer from the love of God.
“My sheep (saved people) hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them ETERNAL LIFE; AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE” (John 10:27-30).
“For God so loved the world [you], that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE” (John 5:24).
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:8-10).
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded (Are you?), that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I John 3:1).
Revelation 7:4-8 Salvation – Israel:
- God will give the wonderful counsel to seal 144,000 Jewish believers. In other words, there will be 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes. This is clear indication that Israel will be saved in the end time. This is exactly what Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul; Israel will be restored to God (Romans 11:25-36). It is without question that this is what is revealed to us in our text.
This passage should be taken at its face value, that is, that 144,000 Jews will be converted. This is the very subject of chapter seven in Revelation, to show who is to be saved during the Tribulation. The answer to the question of who will be saved during the Tribulation is that both Jews and Gentiles will be saved. Some 144,000 Jews and an innumerable number of Gentiles—millions of people will be saved (Revelation 7:9-17 – this will be seen in this text).
NOTE: The 144,000 are apparently a special body of Jewish believers who are dedicated to serve the Lord Jesus Christ totally and wholly during the Tribulation of the last days.
NOTE: Some things are said about them in Revelation that we should understand:
- They are virgins; that is, they have never been married. The days of the end times will be filled with horror upon horror. The worst holocaust the world has ever witnessed will be launched by the antichrist and millions will die.
A special commitment will be needed to stand up for Christ. Apparently these 144,000 form a special body of believers who vow and commit their lives to the end to never deny Christ. They apparently take a special vow to be the encouragers and ministers to believers and to the others who will be so severely attacked and persecuted by the antichrist.
NOTE: The vow and commitment the 144,000 will take place and will be somewhat like the vow the Pharisees took when they first formed to stand against Antiochus Epiphanes (see Acts 23:8).
“I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be [single]. Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife” (I Corinthians 7:26-27).
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in the mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:4-5).
- They are called the servants of our God. They are a body of believers who give themselves to serve God while ungodliness and evil are raging in the end time. They will be ministering, witnessing, and encouraging the believers and the Jews who are having to flee into the wilderness and hiding places of the world to escape the holocaust. The 144,000 will have a great part to play in the turning of Israel to Christ, their true Messiah, in the end time.
“Saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3).
- They are said to be redeemed from among men (Jewish men), the firstfruits offered to God and Christ. This simply means that they will be the first Jews to be saved in the Tribulation.
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb WITHERSOEVER HE GOETH [leads]. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb” (Revelation 14:4).
This is undoubtedly part of the restoration of Israel. Christ clearly revealed that Israel was to be saved in the end time (Romans chapters 9-11, especially chapter eleven).
“God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot (know) ye not what the scripture saith of Elias (Elijah)? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel” (Romans 11:2).
“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15).
“And they [Israel] also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou (Gentile believers} wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (Romans 11:23-24).
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:25-26).
- Now we want to turn to the Fate of Believers in the Great Tribulation. A numberless Multitude of Martyrs will be Saved according to Revelation 7:9-17.
Who shall be saved during the awful tribulation which is coming upon the earth? The terrible tribulation is coming, as God’s Word says, in the end times. This will occur right before the end of the world. The time will be so terrible that one fourth of the earth’s population will be destroyed by war, famine, pestilence, hunger and starvation.
It will be a time so terrible that the Bible calls it the period of Death and Hell. But remember this is just the beginning. There is to be a time of so much horror and fright that it can only be called THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
NOTE: When it comes there will be no end to the destruction and loss of life.
THE IMPORTANT QUESTION is this: Is there any hope? Is there any way that people can be saved during this period of great tribulation? Yes!
There will be a numberless multitude of unbelievers saved. Let’s look at several ideas, some we will look at in this study and some in the next.
- Their origin: they come from everywhere (Revelation 7:9).
- Their glorious position (Revelation 7:9-10).
- Their glorious companions (Revelation 7:11-12).
- Their identity: an elder asks John for the multitudes’ identity (Revelation 7:13-14).
- Their function: to serve God continuously (Revelation 7:15).
- Their blessing: bliss (Revelation 7:15-17).
(Revelation 7:9 – Salvation – Saved)- There is the origin of the numberless multitude. Who are they? They are people from EVERYWHERE (Revelation 5:9):
- from ALL nations: all, not just some; not even most, but from ALL nations.
- from all tribes: there will not be a tribe from any place on earth left out. All tribes will have some people within them who will be saved in the great tribulation.
- from all people: there will not be a people who will not have some saved from their number.
- from all tongues: there will not be a language from which there will not be some saved.
During the GREAT TRIBULATION there will be people who will turn to Christ by the millions. As terrible as the sorrows and woes will be, the destruction and devastation will apparently stir people by the teeming millions to turn to Christ.
This is glorious news as it means that the greatest revival in the history of the world will take place during the tribulation coming upon earth. Just imagine: “a great multitude which no man could number” — teeming millions of people standing BEFORE THE THRONE OF God in heaven. And we shall see soon in our text, they will come out of the terrible tribulation upon earth. There will be millions of people saved during those awful days. How wonderful is that!
PRECIOUS THOUGHT: this means a wonderful, a glorious thing: God never shuts the door against anyone who wants to give his or her heart and life to His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. How about you, are you ready to meet God?????????????????
Notice God’s Word and act upon it and join Him in Heaven.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-13).
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